Robin – Week 6 of ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’ #Watercolor #52WeeksOfWatercolorBirds #ArtJournal


I was trying really hard to stay loose with this painting, but as usual I couldn’t resist playing around with it, mostly because I didn’t like the tree limb.  I think I got the effect of a photo where the camera isn’t held perfectly still, lol.

That said, I’m not unhappy.  I was combining reference photos again, which means I have ‘see’ how things go together, in my head.  I give myself a bit more leeway in these cases, considering it practice and waiting patiently for practice to make nearer to perfect.

The biggest disappointment? After I painted this, I realized I was holding my journal upside-down.  *sigh*  I swear I have at least one upside-down piece in every single journal I’ve done.

Once again I used the palette based off of the palette thatDomenic DiStefano used in Painting Dynamic Watercolors’, adding Qor Quinacridone Gold to the mix.  This has proved to be a nice palette for animal and nature paintings. The other paints used for my mixes were M. Graham: Anthraquinone Blue; Daniel Smith: Hansa Yellow Light; Qor: French Cerulean Blue, Naples Yellow, Sap Green, Burnt Sienna, Permanent Alizarin Crimson.

The brushes used were my Silver Black Velvets  Script Liner Size 1, and Round size 16.  I did my color lifting with a  Da Vinci Cosmotop Spin 5880 Size 10,  I’ve found the stiffer bristles in this brush do a better job of removing color, though it also damages the paper a bit more.

This bird was done in the Global Art Materials Field Watercolor Artist Journal Hand Book, 7 by 10-Inch that I’m using for the ’52 Weeks of Watercolour Birds’.

I used a combination of reference photos that I found at the the Morguefile archive.

Published by Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

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